Monthly Archives: March 2013

Great (and untrendy) east-end eateries – including Chino Locos and Chick-N-Joy

Photo above – Lake Ontario from Ashbridge’s Bay Park, April 1, 2013

Two local food places are featured in a great article “Ten great (and untrendy) east-end eateries”: Chino Locos on Greenwood at Queen, and Chick-N-Joy on Queen at Woodfield. The article in City Bites magazine is by local writer Sarah B. Hood.

Chino Locos
Decked with Mexican wrestling paraphenalia, the miniscule alcove that is the original Chino Locos at Greenwood and Queen barely accommodates two or three cooks and a customer or two, but it turns out fiery, flavourful, honest burritos…

This faded corner take-out shop between Greenwood and Coxwell has many fans of its traditional deep-fried chicken (although the yellow gravy has its haters). This is the original Chick-N-Joy…

Read the full article:

Ten great (and untrendy) east-end eateries

East end eateries

“Without Sarah Ashbridge and her pioneer family, I don’t think that the history of the East End would be the same.”

Another interesting article from Gene Domagala, our leading local historian. Excerpts:

Women helped make the Beach, and still do
By Gene Domagala • Beach Metro News • March 20, 2013

There are many women who made the Beach what it is, and I can’t possibly fit them all in, so I will feature some from the past and present. Here are a few who have changed the Beach for the better.

Let us go back to the end of the American Revolution, as thousands were uprooted from their way of life, and headed for a new beginning – including a family from Pennsylvania by the name of Ashbridge. The person in charge of the family was not a man, but a woman, Sarah Ashbridge. Sarah came to what is now Canada, petitioned the Crown for a land grant and received it – a very rare grant to be given to a woman. The matriarch of the Ashbridges and her family settled on land between what is now Greenwood to the west and Coxwell to the east, from the lake to north of the Danforth. Without Sarah Ashbridge and her pioneer family, I don’t think that the history of the East End would be the same.

Read the full article on the Beach Metro News website:
Women helped make the Beach, and still do

Treat yourself at Applegrove’s Spa Night May 16

Applegrove is hosting our annual Spa night on May 16th and we will be starting to sell tickets on April 2nd.

Treat yourself (or a special someone) to an exceptional evening of relaxation and fun while raising money to support Applegrove’s work with young children and families. Local health and wellness practitioners will donate 4 hours of their time and services to “Spring Pampering for Applegrove” or SPA Night on Thursday, May 16.

SPA Night will offer experiences such as massage, mini-facials, manicures and fun classes, complemented by healthy nibbles and beverages, a chocolate fountain, and retail therapy with a Silent Auction.

Only a limited number of tickets will be sold – this means each client can enjoy the full range of pampering!

Tickets go on sale on April 2 and cost just $60 in advance (before May 10). They are available from Applegrove’s office. For more information, call Applegrove Community Complex at 416-461-8143 or visit

Thank you for supporting Applegrove CC!

– from Shelley Manousos
Applegrove Outreach Staff

Applegrove Community Complex
60 Woodfield Road,
Toronto, ON M4L 2W6

Take the survey about the S.H. Armstrong pool

The city is conducting a survey of community residents “to help us gather information around the current and future use of SH Armstrong pool. By completing this survey you will help us design aquatic programs that best service your community needs.”

See the attached PDF of the survey. I suggest printing it out and filling it in. At the end it gives a fax number to send it to, or you can drop off at the pool. The mailing address is 56 Woodfield Road, Toronto M4L 2W6.

At the end of the survey, there’s a link to an online version (SurveyMonkey) but it didn’t work when I tried.

Let them know that this valuable community resource needs to be maintained !!


Duke of Connaught event – Mardi Gras at the Baron Byng Legion Hall March 23


Duke of Connaught’s Mardi Gras event is coming up and we’d like to make sure everyone is aware of this new fundraiser/social event taking place on:

Saturday March 23rd, from 8pm to 11pm, at the Royal Canadian Legion
243 Coxwell Ave (at Coxwell and Gerrard).

This is a new initiative through the School Advisory Council. Following the lead of other TDSB schools, the SAC at Duke decided it was time to hold an event for the parents, caregivers and friends of Duke.

We have set the theme of the evening to Mardi Gras, as this is a celebration of this time of year. But don’t worry – it’s a very casual Mardi Gras affair – the focus is not to dress up or toss beads. The idea is to get together, share some food and drink and raise funds for our school through the exciting array of silent auction items. Plus there will be a wheel spin for more prizes and every player wins!

Tickets are only $15 in advance.

E-mail us at to place your order for tickets.

All funds go to Duke’s fundraising goals (such as technology in classrooms, field trip contingency funds).

This event also coincides with Earth Hour so we will be spending the hour from 8:30pm to 9:30pm in candlelight.

We hope to see you there!

— from Angie Law, Duke of Connaught School Advisory Council
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Skating rinks, March Break at S.H. Armstrong, Applegrove, Ashdale library

Check out skating rinks that are still open in the general area, and the variety of March activities nearby in the neighbourhood.

Public skating is still available at Kew Gardens and Nathan Phillips Square until March 15. Other east-end rinks have closed for the season. See the city’s outdoor rink schedule.
Ted Reeve Arena offers free public skating on Sat. March 9 and Sat. March 16, both nights from 7 to 9 p.m.
Harbourfront skating rink is open until March 17.

S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre
56 Woodfield Road

Check the S.H. Armstrong schedule for drop-in programs — leisure swim times, other activities. Call 416-392-0734.
March 6 – registration starts for the spring session at S.H. Armstrong.
March 11-15 March Break camp registration:
March Break camp for age 6 to 12
Extended care before camp
Extended care after camp

Applegrove Community Complex
60 Woodfield Road

Call Applegrove 416-461-8143 to see if there is space available in their March Break camp.

As usual, Applegrove is a busy place. Check the calendars for:
Family and Child programs
Children and youth programs

Lots going on at Gerrard-Ashdale Library:

Wed Mar 13, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Crafternoon – A great afternoon craft for children.

Thu Mar 14, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Puppet show by Applefun Puppets featuring Robin Hood and the Dragon.

Silk Screening Workshop with Rob Matejka
Fri Mar 15, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Youth are invited to learn silk screening techniques from artist Rob Matejka! Come out and make your own prints. Registration required. For youth 13-19 years of age.

Where will our kids be able to live? Tonight – Community Matters Town Hall – Tuesday March 5, 2013

Where will our kids be able to live?

Tuesday, March 5th 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ralph Thornton Centre

765 Queen Street East

Can downtown housing remain affordable for the coming generation?


➤ Can the private sector build affordable housing? with Jill Black

➤ The inclusionary zoning opportunity with Richard Drdla

➤ Non-profit affordable home ownership with Mike Labbe

➤ Social housing that works with Onik Khan

With a response from

City Councillor Ana Bailão Chair, Affordable Housing Committee


Historic 100 Greenwood Avenue can be yours – for $1,400,000

100 Greenwood Avenue, originally the home of brickmaker John Price, is for sale for the first time since 1966.

100 Greenwood Avenue, originally the home of brickmaker John Price, is for sale for the first time since 1966.

April 22 update: A “sold” sign is now up.

March 1 post:
The “for sale” sign is up at 100 Greenwood Avenue, the former home of John Price, local brickmaker in the days when Greenwood’s Lane and the Ashbridge Estate were lined with brickyards.

The asking price: $1.4 million.

See the MLS listing, Kijiji listing, tour and photos.

See more about Greenwood Avenue’s history.